Found January 28, 2013 on Finishers Forum:
- Deloitte football money league: how much do the world’s top teams make? - Deloitte’s football money league 2013 is out and it reveals that Real Madrid has not only topped the list once again but that the Spanish club has become the first sports club to surpass the €500m revenue threshold in a single year… (The Guardian) - A statistical look at Europe’s top teens - While the Premier League was out of action this weekend our statistical attention switched to the rest of Europe, and while Lionel Messi’s four-goal haul caught the eye, a compatriot of his was matching that feat elsewhere… (ESPN - Tactics & Analysis) - Props to AVB, patience for David De Gea, Barca’s blip and more - We keep hearing how “it’s all about results”. If you buy that argument, then Tottenham are going backward. They have eight fewer points than they had at the same stage last season under Harry Redknapp… (ESPN – Monday Musings) … - The magic returns with weekend of upsets - The FA Cup always w

Milan keen to sign Balotelli

Lionel Messi celebrated another goalscoring milestone with four more as Barcelona demolished 10-man Osasuna 5-1 in La Liga on Sunday. The Argentinian went one better than great rival Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick earlier in the evening as he was part of a Barca side who utterly outclassed woefully inferior opposition. His second was his 200th goal in the Primera Division, another...

Messi gala leads Barcelona to rout

Lionel Messi scored four goals to pass the 200-mark in the Spanish league, leading Barcelona to a 5-1 rout of Osasuna on Sunday night. With his 22nd hat trick for Barcelona and fifth game of four goals or more, Messi increased his La Liga goals total to 202. The 25-year-old became the eighth player to reach 200, joining Telmo Zarra (251), Hugo Sanchez (234), Raul Gonzalez (228)...

Messi, Ronaldo shine before clash

Given Barcelona's current 15 point advantage over Real Madrid in the La Liga table, and Wednesday's looming Copa Clásico first leg between the two Spanish giants, few expected much in the league this weekend. Both of the giants fielded weakened sides against weak opponents - except for the inclusion of two very bold-faced names. Guess what? In a remarkable day of Spanish...

QPR swoop for defender Yun

World superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will once again be centre stage on Wednesday when El Clasico foes Barcelona and Real Madrid meet in the Copa del Rey. All eyes will be on the pair as the debate continues regarding the best player in the world and their competition was in full evidence at the weekend. Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Real's 4-0 win over Getafe...

Which Striker Should Newcastle Buy This Week?

Newcastle could be after four different strikers this week – so given the approximate transfer fee of each of the following four strikers – which one would you like to see at Newcastle before the end of this month? I didn’t put Lionel Messi down - because I thought he’d be a little too expensive. Follow us on Twitter, like [...]

Xavi signs new Barcelona contract

Barcelona midfielder Xavi has signed his two-year contact extension with the Catalan giants. The Spain international was at the Nou Camp this afternoon to put pen-to-paper on the deal which ties him to the club until June 30, 2016. Xavi follows in the footsteps of club captain Carles Puyol who signed his new contract committing him to Barca until the same date last week. Barca...
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